Arrived jogging at Holyhead thanks to a Virgin train breakdown at Crewe. Happily Irish Ferries held the boat so we got aboard and away, arriving in an overcast Dublin at 6pm.
We are here to see my brother, but first take a five day tour of small breweries with Brewery Hops on what turns out to be their first trip. But first a couple of days exploring Dublin. Some glorious Georgian terraced houses, a museum where I concentrated on Irish prehistory, an art gallery under refurbishment so everything is crammed in a small but rich space, and I discovered Jack Butler Yeats.
In the museum district I walked on igneous rock pavements
and saw a Government office in the Deco style with a great Frieze on it.
After checking in at the Kingfisher hotel, just off the top of O’Connell Street, we made our way south of the Liffey to visit a Porterhouse bar serving two cask beers and a lot of small brewery keg ales. This Porterhouse bar is on Parliament Street (there are two, perhaps three more in Dublin) where a fine building stands adjacent to the Liffey.